Clifford "T.I." Harris and his wife, Tameka "Tiny," have been accused of sexual abuse and assault by multiple people, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Attorney Tyrone Blackburn held a news conference on Monday to announce that he has requested authorities in California and Georgia to open investigations on behalf of 11 alleged victims for incidents that reportedly occurred between 2005 to 2018.
In court documents obtained by Deadline, Blackburn stated that he had been contacted over the phone by over 30 women alleging that the couple "have kidnapped them, drugged them, raped them, and terrorized them with threats of death or physical bodily harm." He explained that the women are "unaware of each other" but "they recount eerily similar events of sexual abuse."
"They all have various reasons why they took so long to come out," Blackburn added. "One of the reasons is that they did not think anyone would believe them." The attorney made sure to note that "this is about justice, not about dollars."
Back in January, Atlanta-based entrepreneur Sabrina Peterson accused T.I. of putting a gun to her head in front of children. "I never called the police on you! But for years you have painted me as the villain," she wrote on Instagram. "It's hard to heal from rape, violence or anything because you are painted as the problem or reason this has happened to you!" According to Blackburn, Peterson speaking out encouraged other victims to "come forward."
T.I. and Tiny have denied all the allegations, including Peterson's. "Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations," the couple's attorney Steve Sadow said in a statement. "We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming. These allegations are nothing more than the continuation of a sordid shakedown campaign that began on social media. The Harrises implore everyone not to be taken in by these obvious attempts to manipulate the press and misuse the justice system."
If you or someone you know would like to speak with someone who is trained to assist sexual assault survivors, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.